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. and appear to be planning a push into the center of damascus. assad's army answered with rockets and bombs today. so far the regime has managed to stop an attack on the city and retains control of the airport. but for how long? andrew tabler is an analyst at the washington institute for near east policy. >> the rebels have been able to harass the capital as well as the supply chain for several days. and this is unprecedented in the history of syria. and it's another sign that the assad regime is going to contract and eventually perhaps on its way out. >> the last time rebels tried to fight their way into the capitol in july the assad regime moved its forces out of cities in the north and south to reinforce damascus. it worked. this time rebel groups have anti-aircraft weapons and claim to have shot down a government attack helicopter. that kind of firepower analysts say is what the free syrian army needed to gain ground against the regime. but assad has a weapon of last resort. chemical weapons. >> they have the largest stock pile in the middle east. it's weaponized. there are estimated 45
the assad regime's lifeline to its few remaining allies. >> reporter: the outskirts of damascus have become a battleground with some of the fiercest fighting the city has seen yet. syrian rebels say they're closing in on the capital street by street. now, within their sights is their biggest target. the damascus international airport, about 12 miles southeast of the city. heavy dom bardment is reported today in the suburbs in the surrounding area. rebel leaders called the airport a legitimate target and gave a stark warning to the regime and outside travelers to avoid it at all costs. fighting near the airport forced the suspension of commercial flights this week. some airlines have already stopped all together. a rebel takeover of the airport would also cut off weapon supplies and allies like iran says andrew tabler of the washington institute near east policy. >> as the country's longest runways, from that location that jets from iran land, carrying a lot of sophisticated weapones, so knocking that location out. taking it over and holding it would allow the rebels to begin their push towa
-and-death battle which high level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power the assad regime appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of radical islamist. >> the jihadi presence is big and getting bigger. and the longer the conflict goes on there, the bigger it will get. >> the jihadies are an offshoot of al qaeda in iraq which ones fought a no holds bar battle against american troops. according to jeffrey white a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good. they give the rebels a combat edge. they are quite willing to dichlt they fight on all key fronts. they're involved in many of the key actions. >> these are not people we want to win. >> but the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases like this where chemical weapons are stored has detected evidence the assad regime may be preparing to use them in a last ditch attempt to save itself, an act the obama administration h
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